Giraffes are the tallest land animals in the world. A male stands up to 5.5m high, and weighs nearly two tonnes. Their legs, measuring approximately 6ft long, are taller than most humans.
Giraffes are under threat, both in captivity and in the wild. Wild giraffes have been extensively hunted for their meat, but today their main threat is loss of habitat.
Wild giraffes live complex lives and roam large expanses, so being confined to small enclosures can lead to extreme frustration and boredom.
Help protect giraffes in the wild with an animal adoption, and you'll receive an exclusive adoption pack containing a soft toy, animal story, species fact sheet, personalised certificate and glossy photo. Plus, we’ll send you our Adopt magazine twice a year with updates on all our wildlife adoptions – perfect for animal lovers.
Adoptions last one year (those paid by monthly direct debit roll over until cancelled).
Classed as Vulnerable on the IUCN’s Red List, giraffe numbers have suffered a population decline of 40% over three generations across Africa, and have become extinct in seven countries including Nigeria and Guinea. Herd numbers, once consisting of 20-30 individuals, are now more likely to include just a handful of animals.
Under threat from habitat loss, human conflict, and poaching, giraffe populations now exist in isolated pockets, unable to connect, which threatens the long-term stability of these groups.
Once considered abundant, the world is only now becoming aware of the plight of giraffes in the wild, following a significant drop in numbers through the impact of human activity. As intense farming and civil unrest continue, the long-term conservation of this species has become more urgent than ever.
Giraffes are also a familiar sight in zoos and circuses across the world. However, life in captivity subjects these wide-ranging animals to health problems and woefully inadequate living space, which is why we work to conserve their numbers in the wild, to provide the life they deserve to lead.
Funds from your adoption will support our work with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to protect threatened giraffes in Niger and across Africa.
Your money will go directly to supporting the work of the only charitable organisation in the world which focuses exclusively on giraffe protection and conservation.
With our assistance, alongside other partners, Africa’s rarest subspecies – the West African giraffe – has seen a population increase of 11.71% since 2016, and we want this figure to keep rising.
Safeguard their future by adopting our giraffe family below.
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.Sir David Attenborough
Your money will help:
Conduct surveys to monitor population sizes
Move giraffes to protected areas
Work with the Government of Niger on giraffe conservation
Enforce a hunting ban
We will process and send your order within 3 working days, and would normally expect it to arrive within 7 working days to addresses within the UK.
All UK orders are sent via Royal Mail 2nd class delivery. Please allow 28 days for delivery on overseas orders. Please note – we cannot hold orders for delivery on a specific date.
Orders do not need to be signed for, but come in a box which won’t fit through the letterbox so you will need to be available to accept the delivery. A card will be left if you’re unavailable.
The adoption certificate can be personalised with the name of your choice, and delivery arranged to a separate address.
Call our customer support team on 01403 240170.